Chinese New Year Dinner & Special Guest Panel: Feb 4



Chinese New Year Dinner + Panel

There is limited space for this special event which we expect to sell out. Please reserve your space by registering today. Register Now!

As recent $2.3 billion dollar deal between Lenovo and IBM and the sale of Smithfield Foods to a China-based company clearly indicate, business bonds between the U.S. and China are increasingly important to North Carolina's economy. One of the groups striving to improve the business atmosphere is the N.C. Chinese Business Association. It will be hosting a Chinese New Year Dinner on February 4 at RTP Foundation headquarter, and the program will include a panel discussion involving three senior executives who will discuss their perspectives on the past, present, and future of NC-China relations.

Brand New thinking: Michael Jacobs

President & CEO of Jacobs Capital & Professor, Corporate Governance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Michael served as Director Corporate Finance, U.S. Treasury during Bush Sr. administration and is a published author by Harvard Business School Press and HBR. He was most recently named by Governor McCrory to board of trustees for the $70 billion State Employees Retirement system. Michael spent this past summer teaching finance in Beijing. Hear his fresh perspectives: I’m convinced the China story is very real.

Ongoing thinking: Paul Chou

Born in Taiwan, Paul now lives in both Raleigh and Beijing. After a successful career as CEO of several global businesses, Paul founded Junior Achievement China and L2 Foundation to develop leadership and legacy of Asian Americans. Recently named as Top 10 People of the Year in China, Paul is one of the most noted philanthropists in China. (READ MORE)


Early thinking: YanChing Zhang

Growing up in Beijing, YanChing graduated from renowned Peking University and marched in Tiananmen Square. Our own NCCBA Founding Director, she earned her PhD from NCSU and MBA from Duke & has had a vibrant business career with Lockheed Martin and IBM, highlights include sales, reporting directly to the SVP and Director of IBM Research, Watson Lab, and consulting.

American Born Chinese (ABC) thinking: Grace Ueng

Classic ABC, Grace Ueng, Advisor to NCCBA, experienced desire through a life changing cycling accident, to return to China where she taught at Fudan, through joint venture with MIT, and established Savvy's China practice. In 2003, Ueng founded Savvy, a boutique marketing strategy & management consulting firm. Savvy has completed over 100 engagements serving technology, healthcare, consumer, financial and business services, education and non-profit clients.

BACKGROUND READING: (White Paper & N&O Series) by Grace Ueng: 10 Top Findings: Creating a Winning Business in China.

Come hear Grace facilitate a discussion amongst these Triangle leaders in what is sure to be an enlightening evening, an informative and fun way to start of the Chinese New Year of the Horse!

Dinner will be served from 5:45pm to 6:45pm, Don't miss this opportunity to taste authentic Chinese food and celebrate Chinese New Year with us together. You can see the dinner menu HERE. Reserve your seat ASAP!

Registration fee: 

  • NCCBA members: Free (but must register online);
  • Non-members: $50 (click to register and pay);
  • Membership: $50/year; student member: $10/year (click to join and register for free for this event).
If case you can not register through web link, please email YanChing Zhang to reserve your seat:
919-637-8579 or

This event has been sponsored by C. John Chen, CIMA(r), CRPS(r)  who is a Retirement Plan Consultant with over seventeen years of experience. As part of the UBS Institutional Consulting Group, he and his team in Chapel Hill can provide expert advice on your investments and qualified plans.

C. John Chen, CIMA(r), CRPS(r)
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The North Carolina Chinese Business Association is a nonprofit charitable and educational business organization. It represents and promotes the common interests of its members and the North Carolina Chinese business community, with a focus on entrepreneurial and corporate development in the science and technology industries. NCCBA will also serve as a major catalyst in bridging the China-North Carolina business relationship. 
For more information about the NCCBA or to join, please visit the NCCBA’s website here and the NCCBA’s LinkedIn group here.